30 Day Challenge: Day 2

"Something you love about yourself"

I am a really good mom, and I really love that about myself. I think being a mom takes all the things that I'm good at and combines them into one perfect job.

For me, being a mom is about being patient, being silly, having a big heart, being a problem solver, loving to snuggle, being attentive to someone else's needs and wants, being giving (among other things, obviously). I think other things I'm good at will really be important as Evie gets older, too. Things like being a good listener, being open-minded, being kind, and having a sense of humor are going to be part of the mix the more she grows up.

I wanted to be a mom for a long time. It's the only thing (short of marrying Vegor) that I've known that I wanted to do. Everything else I've done, from jobs to education to hobbies I haven't had a real passion for (I guess I'm just not a passionate person), but being a mom, I am wholly devoted to it, and I love that part of myself.

I had to share our dinner from tonight. I stole the recipe from The Kitchn, where week before last they focused entirely on vegan cooking. I've never made anything like this and they turned out really well. The only thing I would change is making sure everything but the tofu is well-chilled instead of room temperature.

2 (8-inch) baguettes
Do chua (pickles)
1 cup julienned daikon
1 cup julienned carrots
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 cup water
6 to 8 ounces extra firm tofu (half a standard package)
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 bulbs lemongrass, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
4 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro
Optional: Maggi seasoning sauce or soy sauce
Additional fillings and garnishes
1 medium cucumber, sliced lengthwise
1 or 2 jalapeño peppers, sliced
Small handful cilantro
For the do chua (pickles)
In a large bowl, combine sugar, salt, vinegar, and water. Add daikon and carrots and toss. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour. Drain completely before using. (Note: The measurements given are guidelines; feel free to adjust the sugar, vinegar, or salt to your own taste.)
For the tofu
Cut tofu into 1/4-inch thick slices and press between clean kitchen towels or paper towels to rid of excess water. In a shallow dish, combine soy sauce, vegetable oil, sesame oil, lemongrass, and garlic. Place tofu in dish, gently coat slices with marinade, and arrange so they overlap as little as possible. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour. Cook in a skillet over medium heat until brown and crisp on each side.
For the spread
In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise and cilantro. Add Maggi or soy sauce to taste, if desired.
To serve
Slice baguettes lengthwise, leaving one side as a hinge. Spread mayonnaise on top and bottom halves. Arrange fillings and garnishes: cucumber, do chua, tofu, jalapeño, cilantro.


  1. I really like that you've listed "being kind" as one of your positive attributes, but still consider yourself a bitch. You, my friend, are a walking contradiction.

  2. ah, but being kind and being a bitch are noy mutually exclusive. my favorite people are kind biches.